WORLD RENOWNED TENNIS COACH BRAD GILBERT TO CONDUCT HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHES CLINICS IN CHINA
March 28, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Sports NewsLeisure Quest International one of the world’s leading developers and operators of leisure, sports and entertainment events has signed an exclusive agreement with world renowned tennis coach and ESPN announcer Brad Gilbert to conduct high performance coaches clinics in China.
Leisure Quest International President Mark A. Driscoll said of the agreement “We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with Brad. Brad’s contribution to the world of tennis is enormous, first as one of its top professional players and then as its #1 tennis coach.” Driscoll added “Our high performance clinics featuring Brad are the first of their kind in China, and are specifically designed to improve coaching techniques in China. We believe Brad’s clinics will go a long way in furthering interest in tennis in China as well as improving the quality of China’s professional coaches.”
Brad Gilbert added “ I am excited to return to China again. I had the opportunity to play some great tennis in China earlier in my career and have always looked forward to returning”. When asked about the details of the Coaches clinics, Gilbert responded “I was fortunate to have played competitive tennis for many years. I also had the privilege of coaching my good friend Andre Agassi as well as Andy Roddick. I think I still have a lot to offer the sport, and Leisure Quest’s professional coaches clinics in China offer me an opportunity to share what I have learned with China’s top coaches. That is exciting.”
The first high performance coaching clinic will be attended by over 40 of China’s top professional coaches, will take place April 3-5 in Beijing, China and is being sponsored by Nike in association with the Chinese Tennis Association.
About Leisure Quest International, LLC
Leisure Quest International is one of the world’s leading developers and operators of leisure, sports and entertainment events. The company is headquartered at Universal City, Ca with regional headquarters located in Beijing China. Leisure Quest International organized and co-produced the highly successful “Serve for the Future” tennis clinic in 2005 in cooperation with the Chinese Tennis Association, which featured former tennis World # 1 Jim Courier. The Company is also developing a number of innovative sports events for China.
About Brad Gilbert
Before becoming a coach and then television announcer, Gilbert played professional tennis from 1982 to 1995, winning twenty pro titles including victories over Agassi, Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras. In 1989, he was the number 4 ranked player in the world. He is the author of two books, the tennis classic, Winning Ugly and I’ve Got Your Back, and is an analyst for ESPN in its tennis coverage. Gilbert and Andre Agassi formed one of the most successful coach-player partnerships in the Open Era. Gilbert's days with Andre Agassi are recorded amongst the most famed and successful coach-player relationships. Brad guided Andre to six grand slams, twenty nine titles and an Olympic Gold medal…the perfect match of player talent and awesome coaching strategy. Brad then became one of a select few coaches to coach two players to the coveted world number one ranking when he transformed a misfiring Andy Roddick into the world’s top player, picking up the US Open title on the way. Agassi says this of Gilbert “Brad Gilbert taught me how to play the game of tennis”.
SINGLES CAREER TITLES (20): 1982—Taipei; 1984—Columbus, Taipei; 1985—Cleveland, Livingston, Tel Aviv; 1986—Livingston, Memphis, Tel Aviv, Vienna; 1987—Scottsdale; 1988—Tel Aviv; 1989—Cincinnati, Livingston, Memphis, San Francisco, Stratton Mountain; 1990—Brisbane, Orlando, Rotterdam FINALIST (20): 1984—San Francisco; 1985—Johannesburg, Stuttgart Outdoor; 1987—Johannesburg, Paris Indoor, Tel Aviv, Washington; 1988—Paris Indoor; 1989—Dallas WCT, Orlando, Washington; 1990—Cincinnati, Grand Slam Cup; 1991—Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sydney Indoor; 1992—Scottsdale; 1993—San Francisco, Tokyo Outdoor; 1994—Memphis
DOUBLES CAREER TITLES (3): 1992—Hong Kong; 1986—Boca West; 1985—Tel Aviv FINALIST (3): 1987—Los Angeles; 1986—Vienna; 1985—San Francisco